The BBC is reporting that figures have shown that teachers and school staff in Wales have been the victims of more than 1,500 physical and verbal attacks by pupils.
NUT Cymru had responses from 17 of Wales’ 22 local authorities to Freedom of Information requests. The number of assaults average at eight per school day in Wales, which the union said was “a great concern”.
Union officials said the real number of attacks in Wales could be much higher.
Welsh Conservative education spokesman Darren Millar AM said: “We need more discipline in our schools, more support for teachers in managing unruly behaviour and targeted intervention to support pupils with behavioural problems,”
“It is clear from these figures that the current arrangements aren’t working and that we need a Welsh Government strategy to tackle the roots of these problems once and for all.”
A spokesperson added: “Schools are required in law to have a written behaviour policy which should set explicit standards of behaviour. The policy should be developed and put into effect by everyone in the school.”
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